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2023-2024 Academic Catalog 
    
2023-2024 Academic Catalog

Justice Studies, BS + MS


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The Justice Studies Spartan Accelerated Graduate Education (SAGE) Scholars Program enables qualified students in the Bachelor in Science in Justice Studies program to simultaneously complete the requirements for both the baccalaureate and master’s degrees. Students can progress from undergraduate to graduate status seamlessly, with a simplified application process and no application fee, and complete both degrees in a year’s less time as compared to completing them separately. This will provide significant cost savings to the student. 

Summary of Degree Units  
Justice Studies, BS  108
Justice Studies, MS  33
Total 141

For more information, contact the SAGE Scholars Program Coordinator​ Ericka Adams.

Admissions Requirements

Most students will become eligible to apply for the SAGE program in the Fall semester of their Year 3 and enter the pathway during the Spring semester of Year 4. To be eligible, students must: 

  1. Successfully complete a minimum of 60 undergraduate degree applicable units and not more than 120 undergraduate degree applicable units at the time of admission into the SAGE program;
  2. Have completed the undergraduate Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (Writing in the Disciplines/100W/GWAR) prior to admission into the SAGE program;
  3. Completion of JS 10  or JS 12  or JS 25 ;
  4. Completion of JS 15  or STAT 95 ;
  5. Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better, or GPA of 3.0 or better in the last 60 semester units;
  6. Completed all lower division GE requirements; 
  7. Must not be declared in another major;
  8. 2 academic letters of recommendation addressing the applicant’s qualifications and potential for success in the combined SAGE program;
  9. A 1,250 word, double-spaced essay responding to the following prompt: Describe and discuss a justice-related issue you see as important to our society and/or particularly relevant to contemporary times. In your essay, you may want to focus on one or more of the following questions: What are the social causes of this issue? What are its historical origins? What explains its persistence? How does it impact the human rights of individuals involved? How is this issue being addressed by our society? Could it be addressed differently? What policy changes would be needed? (Students should cite and reference any sources used.)

Graduate Standing Requirements

  • Students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher, with no individual grade below a C. Students not maintaining these standards will be placed on probation initially, followed by disqualification if the grades are not improved within two semesters. To advance to candidacy in the graduate program, students must have completed 9 units of graduate coursework in the MS Justice Studies  program and have a 3.0 cumulative GPA in all graduate coursework. 
  • SAGE students must meet the same undergraduate graduation requirements as BS Justice Studies  majors, including University and GE requirements, to be conferred the BS. As graduate students, SAGE students must meet all current graduate program requirements including having a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher in their graduate work.
  • Students are converted to graduate status when they have completed 120 SAGE program-applicable units. The following University Requirements are satisfied with required courses in the major:  GE Areas B4 and SJSU Studies (S and V). Alternate courses that may satisfy these requirements are not counted in the calculation of the 120 SAGE program-applicable units unless they are listed in the University Electives section of the major.

Program Requirements (141 units)


Justice Studies, BS (108 units)


Students must satisfy all of the major and Undergraduate University Graduation Requirements , which includes unit, GPA, and residency requirements as well as the below identified General Education , American Institutions, Graduation Writing Assessment, and Physical Education requirements. Courses that meet Undergraduate University Graduation Requirements are noted with an area designation (see Course Abbreviations ).

University Requirements (41 units)


The Lower and Upper Division General Education  requirements may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. To satisfy the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) , students must pass both the SJSU Writing Skills Test (WST) and JS 100W  with a grade of “C” or better (“C-” not accepted).

Statistics Course

Complete one course:

Major Requirements (33 units)


Additional Courses (12 units)

Students must complete 12 units from the following areas

Area A: Theory Courses (3-6 units)

Complete three to six units from:

Area C: Critical Inquiry Courses (0-3 units)

Complete up to three units from:

University Electives (28 units)


A minor is strongly recommended

Justice Studies, MS (33 units)


Total Units Required (141 units)


The standalone Justice Studies, BS  program requires completion of JS 141 JS 142 , or JS 181 . Students satisfy this requirement in this SAGE Scholars Program by completing JS 220 .  Additionally, students will satisfy 9 units of Area major electives in this SAGE Scholars Program by completing JS 201 JS 202 , and JS 211  in the Justice Studies, MS  program. These 12 credits are considered to count toward both the graduate and undergraduate degrees, thus allowing SAGE students to meet the minimum unit requirements for both degrees.

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